Winner of majorette competition

Winner of majorette competition

Hannah Aldinger, a student at Starr's Mill High School, recently competed at Drum Majorettes of America's national competition, held at West Georgia College July 20-24. She won first place trophies in two baton and combined events for her division, and was crowned DMA's Summer Starlet. She is coached by Sandra Gillian. Photo/Special.

Coweta charter school finishing major expansion

A significant part of the expansion of the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia is the addition of a 36,000 sq. ft. classroom building. The school’s student population is increasing rapidly and will provide K-6 classes beginning in August. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The large expansion of the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia is nearly complete, and with it students old and new will return to class in August to find a new 36,000 sq. ft. classroom building and a host of other additions to the school.

Principal Tiffany Pollock on Wednesday reviewed the expansion of the campus on Ga. Highway 16 and the inclusion of more academic offerings to accommodate the 660 students who will attend during the 2013-2014 school year.

“I couldn’t be any prouder, and I’m so excited for the opportunities we will continue to bring to the community,” Pollock said. Read More»

Coweta improves high school EOCT scores

Coweta County High School students improved their performance on End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) administered in the 2012-13 school year and Coweta County outperformed state passage rates on the exams during the school year.

That was the word Wednesday from school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

“On all exams the passage rates of Coweta County high school students was higher than their state counterparts during the 2012-2013 school year,” Jackson said. Read More»

Fayette students top Ga. tests again

Fayette students top Ga. tests again

9th- and 10th-graders improve on end-of-course tests

Fayette County’s ninth- and tenth-graders in 2013 scored near the top of Georgia’s more than 180 school districts on the state-mandated End of Course Test (EOCT), school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said.

Berry-Dreisbach said the scores tallied by Forsyth and Fayette counties led the large school system performers in the 2013 EOCT. Other school systems performing at a high level included those from a dozen or more small school systems across the state. Read More»

Coweta schools beat state results in CRCT

The Coweta County School System in 2013 not only bested its own performance from last year but outperformed that state average on the Georgia Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT).

“I am proud of our teachers and students and the efforts they make every day,” said Superintendent Steve Barker.  “Our students are performing at high rates and our schools are improving performance, even during some very difficult budgetary times.” Read More»

Crabapple Lane Elem. team wins Ga. Science Olympiad

Ga. Science Olympiad winners include (back row, L-R) Liam Ravita, Derek Ewers, Kareena Rampersad, Nick Schelkopf, Caden Gradek, Robert Bexley, Ben Lakly, Allie Silbert, and Coach Pat Costa. Middle row: Tylar Davis, Dylan Boerstler, Ben Anderson, Oliver Thornhill, Bryce Crain, and Harrison Baro. Front row, seated: Henry Ravita, Nithya Guthikonda , Caitlyn van Zyl, Jackie Hardy, Jacqui van Zyl, Jackson Kloehs, and Dalton Toner. Photo/Special.

Science students at Crabapple Lane Elementary brought home the school’s first championship win at the Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad.

The school has competed previously at the state level, earning a second place victory in 2006 and 2012. Students placed in the top six spots for most of the competitive events, and those collective scores earned the points needed for this year’s first place victory.

“Teamwork was key to this victory. They all gave one-hundred percent effort and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” says Science Olympiad coach Pat Costa. Read More»

McIntosh cheerleaders get ready for Summer Mini Cheer Camp

McIntosh cheerleaders get ready for Summer Mini Cheer Camp

McIntosh High School recently selected its Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleaders for the 2013 – 2014 season. Pictured left to right on the bottom row are: Anne Bennett, Alexis Stewart, Beth Walters, Hadley Houston, Madison MacLaughlin, Jessica Eskew, Jade Allen, and Courtney White. The middle row from left to right include: Jenni Morgan, Devin Lowry, Joely Keisler, Shannon Hinds, Samantha Moore, Diana Mateos, Gabby Rousse, and Katie Close. Read More»

Common Core math books pass Fayette BoE’s test 4-1

New math textbooks to be used in the Fayette County School System were approved by a 4-1 vote Monday by the Fayette County Board of Education. The motion also came with a provision that will examine how Fayette students can compete globally and will lead to an opinion that assesses both traditional and integrated math offerings.

The lone dissenting vote in the 4-1 approval came from board member Mary Kay Bacallao, who said her opposition dealt only with the textbook adoption portion of the motion. Read More»

New Fayette school sup’t. rolls out 90-day plan

Jody Barrow (R) takes the oath of office as superintendent of Fayette County schools June 11. Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson administers the oath. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Incoming Superintendent Jody Barrow gave the Fayette County Board of Education a look at his plans for his first 90 days that begin July 1.

Barrow on June 11 told school board members that prior to July 1 he has already received a significant amount of school system data from various departments and has begun reviewing school board policies and procedures. Barrow also conducted a stakeholder survey that has been posted on the school system’s website for the past several weeks and has begun a review of the 2013-2014 budget.
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CEC video students win national award

Central Educational Center video production students Amber Rogers, left, of Newnan High School, and Leah Galliot, of Northgate High School, have been awarded a High School Student Production Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Southeast. Photo/Special.

Two video broadcast students at the Central Educational Center (CEC) have been awarded a 2013 High School Student Production Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Southeast.

NATAS has given an Outstanding Achievement award to a video project produced by CEC students Amber Rogers of Newnan High School and Leah Galliot of Northgate High School in the General Assignment Excellence area. Read More»